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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Walter Kao, MD has served as principal investigator on numerous research projects focusing on medical therapy for advanced heart failure, metabolic and structural abnormalities of skeletal muscle in heart failure and prevention of sudden death in patients with advanced heart failure.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Heart Failure

Transplant Medicine

UW Health Clinics

University Hospital
(608) 263-1530 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-1690 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
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University Hospital
(608) 262-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

Aspirus Cardiovascular Associates (Wausau)
(800) 441-4013 |  Map
Bellin Health (Green Bay)
(920) 433-3737 |  Map
Prevea Clinic - Green Bay - Heart Failure (Green Bay)
(920) 431-1850 |  Map
SwedishAmerican Medical Group - Renaissance Pavilion (Rockford)
(779) 696-8800 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Cardiovascular Disease
Internal Medicine
Fellowship Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Residency Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Internship Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Medical School Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, 1984

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Dr. Kao’s current research interests include investigational medical therapy for patients with chronic heart failure, candidate evaluation and selection for heart transplantation and implementation and management of mechanical circulatory support in patients with severe heart failure.

PubMed Articles
Nakamura T Kohmoto T Kao WG Osaki S Block KL Weigel TL . Unusual late presentation of asymptomatic diaphragmatic hernia following ventricular assist device explantation. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008 Feb;7(1):141-3
[PubMed ID: 18042565]